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VIFF launches Pop-Up festival in Nelson

All My Puny Sorrows by Michael McGowan is one of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) films set for Nelson.

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is delighted to announce the launch of the VIFF Pop-Up Festival.

This new initiative delivers festival favorites to audiences across British Columbia, with the inaugural events taking place in partnership with the Kamloops Film Society at the Paramount Theatre (May 20-21) and Nelson Civic Theatre (May 27–31).

"The Paramount Theatre in Kamloops and the Civic Theatre in Nelson are cultural landmarks in their communities. VIFF has collaborated with their programmers to curate unique film lineups which are tailor-made for their audiences," said Kyle Fostner, VIFF’s Executive Director.

"With film culture slowly reawakening after two hard years, the VIFF Pop-Ups provide British Columbians an exciting opportunity for appreciators and aspiring creators to gather and experience acclaimed cinema from Canadian, Indigenous, and international filmmakers through screenings, Q&As, workshops, and VR experiences."

In Nelson, VIFF Pop-Up features six films, including Kicking Blood, an idiosyncratic genre offering from Vancouver filmmaker Blaine Thurier, who will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A on Friday, May 27.

Other showing include Haya Waseem's Quickening, centered on a PakistaniCanadian university student and the mental health struggles that plague countless immigrants and first-generation Canadians who are straddling two cultures; Kaveh Nabatian’s Sin La Habana, winner of the Best Canadian Film Award at VIFF 2021, tracks the lives of a young, impoverished Afro-Cuban couple who dream of wealth and success and an IranianCanadian divorcée who yearns for personal freedom; winner of the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at VIFF 2021, Trevor Mack’s Portraits From a Fire; as well as The Last Tourist by Tyson Sadler and All My Puny Sorrows by Michael McGowan.

"It is always a pleasure to expand our cinema's offerings through connections to the broader BC film community; and we are truly excited for this opportunity to work with VIFF to bring some of the best in current Canadian Cinema to Nelson's audiences," said Jason Asbell, Programming Director at Civic Theatre.

Nelson Civic Theatre

  • Friday, May 27 Kicking Blood dir. Blaine Thurier | 7 p.m. (Post-screening filmmaker Q&A)
  • Saturday. May 28 The Last Tourist dir. Tyson Sadler | 4 p.m.  All My Puny Sorrows dir. Michael McGowan | 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 29 Quickening dir. Haya Waseem | 4 p.m. Sin La Habana dir. Kaveh Nabatian | 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31 Portraits From a Fire dir. Trevor Mack | 7 p.m.